What is Contemplative Outreach?
Contemplative Outreach is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. The common desire for spiritual transformation, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice, unites our international, interdenominational community. Today, Contemplative Outreach annually serves over 40,000 people; supports over 120 active contemplative chapters in 39 countries; supports over 800 prayer groups; teaches over 15,000 people the practice of Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices through locally-hosted workshops; and provides training and resources to local chapters and volunteers.
The events of the Southern Tier Chapter of Contemplative Outreach are organized by volunteers who have been blessed by practicing the contemplative practices and spiritual disciplines of the Christian faith. If you would like to volunteer to help, please call or email and we will let you know when our next scheduled planning meeting is taking place. The community of Believers who have been attending our events continues to grow and we can use your help in organizing these meaningful retreats, workshops, prayer groups, programs and training events for our community.
One way to help support Contemplative Outreach’s vision “...to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another...”4 is to become trained to facilitate workshops and prayer groups. As a facilitator, you will be assisting others in learning the prayer methods of the Christian contemplative tradition and facilitating groups to support a life of practice and community. Contemplative Outreach hosts regularly scheduled training workshops. Dates can be found on their website, www.contemplativeoutreach.org.
One of the aims of the Southern Tier Chapter of Contemplative Outreach is to consistently offer programs designed to take your current spiritual practices deeper, both in your relationship with God and then into the activities and relationships of ordinary life. Both in-person and in-home programs are available, offering varying degrees of instruction, guided practice, study and community support.